Living for Jesus in a Combat Zone

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A U.S. Army Chaplain stationed in the Middle East is interviewed on the "Walking with the Giant" Podcast. The program also features a portion of a sermon preached by the chaplain at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan.

Five years after terrorists launched the fatal attacks of September 11 on U.S. soil, American troops remain in the Middle East, searching out a sometimes elusive enemy. Dedicated men and women volunteer their lives to live and work on bases throughout the territories, conducting missions and going about their daily lives in a combat zone. Ministering to those soldiers is Chaplain (Maj.) Keith Kilgore.

In the September episode of the “Walking with the Giant” ministry podcast, Chaplain Kilgore gives insight into his work on Bagram Airbase in southern Afghanistan, where he has been stationed with the 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum, New York, since January 2006 on his second tour in the Middle East.

“I never know what I’m going to be doing 10 minutes from now,” Chaplain Kilgore said of his ministry on the base. “I’ve offered communion many times on top of a crate or a box…or a Humvee.”

Pastoring the largest protestant congregation in the 99 percent Muslim country, Chaplain Kilgore, a Southern Baptist, said the Gospel service he leads is among the most popular among soldiers on the base, drawing close to 200 per service. His duties, however, extend far beyond the pulpit. Around the base he can often be seen leading impromptu “huddle prayers” with soldiers leaving for a mission, explaining the Gospel and praying for their success and safe return.

“Soldiers know the threat level … and they want to make sure they’re prepared spiritually,” he said.

Commenting on the war, Chaplain Kilgore expressed confidence that the United States will complete the mission in Afghanistan, helping the country recover and sustain itself.

“We have the ability. We have the technology. We have the forces.” he said. “What I’m praying for is that we maintain the will of the people back home in the United States to stay the course.”

The Podcast also features a segment of a sermon preached by Chaplain Kilgore in July at Bagram. It is entitled “What’s So Great About America.”

“Walking with the Giant,” a monthly program hosted by 3’10” tall evangelist James Croft, is available as a free internet download on several podcasting websites, including the popular iTunes Music Store

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